Casio Exilim Pro F1 an innovative Megazoom camera
We have to admit that Casio do not lack courage. Courage to be different and to introduce interesting innovations in a time where the competition is severe. Quite rightly do they deserve the receiving of awards from various international organizations such as the DIWA Innovation Award. The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 may be considered a camera that is able to build bridges between a camera and a camcorder, an astounding achievement. The difference with a digital Full HD camcorder is (still) obvious; nevertheless, the Casio F1 should be considered the first product with such a speedy sensor and processor. Hopefully, it is not the last and Casio will be challenged to further develop and improve things.
Image quality of the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
This brings us to the marginal comments we have on Casio's innovative product. In addition to the superb performance on speed and video capture, the Casio EXILIM Pro F1 is also used as photo camera. You'd think the 12x optical zoom lens, stabilization technique and 6 Megapixels of image resolution form a strong combination. However, Casio have to work on the quality of the lens and the signal / noise ratio, in our opinion.
Casio Exilim F1 shows chromatic aberration
The tests carried out in our DIWA Lab, and the additional sample pictures taken in practice, show a considerable suffering of chromatic aberration of the lens. This is rather conspicuous while the last generation of 12x zoom lenses shows improvements. Casio really dropped some stitches here and this should not be the case considering the substantial price tag dangling from this camera. The image resolution of 6 Megapixels raises hopes for the quality of the pixel. Or at least the expectations are higher than is the case with its congener equipped with 12-20x optical zoom lens and a resolution of at least 10 Megapixels. This makes it rather disappointing to find out that the signal / noise ratio is showing visible noise at a value of ISO 400. Even ISO 200 has difficulties keeping its channels clean. That's why we decide to leave ISO values higher than 400 for what they are. A real disappointment!
Casio Exilim F1 offers many setting possibilities
The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 is obviously a Megazoom camera with potential. The many setting possibilities, the large optical range including the remarkable speed and video performances should in theory guarantee a powerful combination that successfully claims a new segment. It is sad having to conclude that part of this powerful combination delivers a no more than average performance, and that only the innovation as such stands strongly; High-Speed shooting and Full HD recording.
Casio Exilim F1 unique for High Speed photo- / video photography
Casio are true pioneers; constantly breaking new ground. The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 is the first model equipped with a 60fps specification and Full HD mode. Presuming there is work being done to a higher resolution sensor with at least the same capacities, and hoping for the necessary improvements to the signal / noise ratios and the performance of the lens; we can only anxiously look forward to the next generation. It may be clear; if you’ve always wanted to shoot and film on High-Speed, you will have a unique and innovative product at your disposal with specifications that have become affordable. If we remove these unique specifications, what's left is an (expensive) Megazoom camera performing averagely.
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"The Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 is a 6 Megapixel digital camera with a heavy burden of expectation on its shoulders. Nowadays we find increasingly more cameras with a resolution of 8 Megapixels or more. Casio however are convinced, just as we are, that a 6 Megapixel camera suffices to make beautiful prints up to 100x160cm. The new Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 is not breaking new ground in relation to Megapixels but changed tack…"
Continue to take a look at our Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 test photos.
4GB SDHC memory card recommended
The Casio EXILIM Pro F1 delivers a resolution of 6 Megapixels, resulting in a file size of approximately 3.5MB in JPEG and around 13.3MB in RAW format. Although Full HD recording in the highest quality video for one minute will result in a file size of around 105MB. However, the maximum recording time is limited to 29 minutes (outside Europe unlimited), unfortunately, which will require a maximum of 4GB storage capacity for the entire 29 minutes. Since the memory market continues to increase the storage capacities and lower the prices, the consumer won't encounter any difficulties in finding a high storage capacity memory card.
Considering 4 GB of storage capacity:
RAW - Fine - 13.34MB - 288 pictures
RAW - Standard - 11.75MB - 328 pictures
RAW - Low - 11.16MB - 344 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Fine - 3.48MB - 1108 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Standard - 1.89MB - 2044 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Low - 1.3MB - 2972 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1872 pixels (3:2) - Fine - 3.02MB - 1280 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1872 pixels (3:2) - Standard - 1.66MB - 2328 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1872 pixels (3:2) - Low - 1.14MB - 3392 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels 16:9) - Fine - 2.78MB - 1388 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels (16:9) - Standard - 1.54MB - 2512 pictures
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels (16:9) - Low - 1.02MB - 3792 pictures
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Fine - 2.5MB - 1544 pictures
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Standard - 1.4MB - 2760 pictures
Resolution 2304 x 1728 pixels - Low - 900KB - 4296 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Fine - 2MB - 1932 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Standard - 1.15MB - 3364 pictures
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - Low - 720KB - 5372 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Fine - 1.26MB - 3068 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Standard - 790KB - 4896 pictures
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Low - 470KB - 8228 pictures
Resolution 640 x480 pixels - Fine - 330KB - 11720 pictures
Resolution 640 x480 pixels - Standard - 190KB - 20360 pictures
Resolution 640 x480 pixels - Low - 140KB - 27632 pictures
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - Full HD - 60 fps - 36 min 44 sec
Video resolution 1280 x 720 - 30 fps - 29 min
Video resolution 336 x 96 pixels - 1200 fps - 29 min
Video resolution 432 x 192 pixels - 600 fps - 29 min
Video resolution 512 x 384 pixels - 300 fps - 29 min
Video resolution 512 x 384 pixels - 30 fps - 4 hours 52 min
Video resolution 512 x 384 pixels - 300 fps - 29 min
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30 fps - 178 min 46 sec